• Sushma Ramesh

August 2020 wrap-up

August was an amazing month in terms of reading as I read 9 books in total, and I am surprised that it covered all kinds of genres of books. I also started a hashtag called #favbookstagrammersdecidemymonthlytbr from this month, and I had selected 4 books to read in this category. Unfortunately, I could only finish 3 but all the books I read this month were very good and the average ratings of these books are 4.1. So before a further delay, let's get started with the books I read in August and my thoughts on the same!

Oh my god, this book! This was one of the finest books that I have read in a long time and I can't get over it even after a month. In a nutshell, if I should talk about this book then it would be this- it burns us slowly making us crave for more and once more hits, it hits us right through our heart, rips it open and breaks it into pieces and at the end, we are left with this deep feeling of heartbreak and joy at the same time but it won't stop it there and haunts us. I mean that's a lot right? I definitely recommend this book to everyone. This is one of the must-read books!

This book by Jhumpa Lahiri was something out of the box for me. I don't really know how exactly I should be talking about this book in a way that I persuade you all to give it a read. This is one such book that talks just about the book covers and Jhumpa had my heart from the moment she said, “If the process of writing is a dream, the book cover represents the awakening.” I highly recommend this book to everyone and am super excited to read more of her work.

Unlike other nonfiction reads, ‘Maybe you should talk to someone’ is narrated more like a story than as a self-help book, and it truly was insightful. I absolutely loved how it was so entertaining, hilarious, and educational at the same time. I felt every character in this book had something to teach including the author and that for me was something unexpected. This would be one such book to which I would go back to, again and again, and I highly recommend this book to everyone.

'We Should All Be Feminists' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is another such book from a woman author that I absolutely loved. It truly was an eye-opener to me for so many different reasons. It was a short insightful read about one of the most important and misunderstood subjects of this generation, and I myself being a woman in the society was able to relate to so many things. Once after completing the book, I have this fresh perspective on Feminism now, and its importance in a patriarchal driven society. Another worth reading 5-star book!

I knew I was in for a treat right, when there was an actual phone recording in the audio book, instead of a monologue conversation. I mean literally, it has this whole cast of people, and It was like sitting in the theater and watching an actual movie where Pippa, a schoolgirl is unraveling the truth behind the murder case of Andie Bell for her final year project. I loved this book more for its narration than its plot. It kept me hooked on to it throughout and the best part for me was that I could never guess the culprit till the climax. It so happened that most of the hyped books on bookstagram didn’t live up to its claim for me but thank god, this book was a total win! For a die-hard mystery/thriller reader, the plot might seem a little too ordinary, but I would recommend everyone to pick it up for its narration, and this very different way of storytelling has truly amazed me!

The narrative of the title ‘Once there was me’ starts with the Delhi Riots of 1984 and honestly, it was heartbreaking. I have never really given a thought of how it all began and what did it cost to the Sikh people of our country, but now when I read and understood what all struggles they had to go through and endure being a minor community in India, it sickens me in my stomach. Even though this memoir is half part fiction, it has all the potential to be one of the best in its genre and I appreciate the author for writing this book. Recommending this book to all!

The plot was really unique and not at all what I expected it to be. I also liked the author's attempt in bringing this book to life. The narration was engaging too but what it mainly lacked was character building. At first, it was chaos with too many characters coming in the picture all at once but as the plot unravels it all becomes clear. The ending was totally unexpected, but I wish there was more to it because I felt it was a little hurried. Overall, very good effort by the author on his debut book taking risk of the thriller genre.

17 year old me had loved the movie to pieces and was obsessing over Edward but when 25 year old me read the book, definitely there was too many things to look at and cringe! But I am still obsessing over Edward Cullen and don't remember anything from the movies, so this was a good read overall!

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Undoubtedly, Simon and his pen pal love are one of the best LGBTQ stories I have read so far! and the best part for me was that I loved the movie adaption better than the book. highly recommend this to all the beginners who want to explore this genre!